Go "through the mint door" and look for Korean fare from former Gato Arigato and Jook #0 chef Allen Suh. The menu includes a selection of appetizers, soups, and ssam, plus entrees such as fried boneless chicken thigh, roasted tofu with American cheese, and spicy pork belly with pear.
Also in Inman Quarter, Ford Fry opened his fifth restaurant of 2015 just before the year ended. It's a more casual sister restaurant to The Optimist in Westside, and the lower level is inspired by "an early 1970s den." With Fry's name attached, BeetleCat has been packed since day one.
Billy and Kristin Allin have opened their latest project in Inman Quarter, serving French-inspired fare from early morning well into the evening. Former Cakes & Ale chef de cuisine Bryan Stoffelen is running the kitchen, and Stoffelen's food lives up to his previous restaurant's reputation.
The team behind beloved Decatur cocktail bar The Pinewood now has a full-service restaurant in Ponce City Market. The vibe is distinctly mid-century modern, with a throwback menu focuses on steaks, chops, and seafood.
Another Charleston-based venture, this biscuit purveyor opened on New Year's Eve in Virginia-Highland, and it immediately became a hot breakfast destination. In addition to the biscuits, the menu includes shortcakes, pimento cheese sandwiches, grits bowls, coffee, and tea.
The Charleston-based restaurant opened its second outpost in Westside in December, and the menu covers a lot of ground. Former Umi chef Jackie Chang is turning out cuisine that's getting good early buzz, and the space offers modern interiors and a rooftop view of Midtown.
The new bakery adjacent to The General Muir features a Tuesday-through-Friday lunchtime pop-up from chef Todd Ginsberg. Look for soups and pressed sandwiches, such as a classic Cuban and The Break, with Gruyere, scrambled eggs, and ham.